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As you will see in the meaning of the baby name Addison below, this name was originally for boys. It represented a name for the son of someone who held the name Adam. Scotland translated this in their own way, however, in giving the meaning of the name Addison to be the son of Addie, which was the Scottish lowland name for Adam. It is interesting, as now the name Addison is more commonly used for girls.

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Meaning and Origin of the Name Addison:

The name Addison is a patronymic baby name, meaning it was created in Great Britain during the Medieval times for the name of the son to someone who was born through Adam. It is now one of the most popular names used in modern times for girls.

Symbolism of the Name Addison:

The name Addison has rich symbolism, especially when translating the meaning to be daughter of Adam. It is one of the only names that was originally a patronymic name that is now used almost exclusively for girls.

Nicknames for the Name Addison:

Addison is commonly shortened to Addie. There are plenty of other nicknames for this name that deserve some love, though! Check out this list of nicknames for Addison:

  • Addie 
  • Adi
  • Ads
  • Ada 
  • DD
  • Dida
  • Addy
  • Dison
  • Ason
  • Ison
  • Diso
  • Edison 
  • Sonny
  • Dia
  • Dissy
  • Dizzy
  • Adiboo

Style of the Name Addison:

Addison is a traditional name with its Old English heritage, but it is more new-age for a girl to be called Addison.

Gender of the Name Addison:

The gender of the baby name Addison is unisex. Originally, it was more commonly used for boys, and now it is more commonly used for girls.

Pronunciation of Addison:


Number of Syllables in Addison:

There are three syllables in the name Addison.

Emotion Evoked from the Name Addison:

Addison feels a bit more modern than it truly is. The name feels kind, caring, and quaint.

Alternative Spellings of Addison:

  • Adison
  • Addyson 
  • Addisyn
  • Addysin
  • Addysyn

Popularity of the Name Addison:

In modern times, Addison has only been on the Social Security Index since the year 1994 when it was number 800. It has come a long way since that time though, with it even earning the number 11 spot in the year 2007. The name Addison has remained on the top 100 list for girls since the year 2006, however, with it now ranking at number 54.

Great middle names for Addison and their meaning:

  • Naomi (pleasantness, beautiful)
  • Olivia (olive, olive tree)
  • Tate (cheerful)
  • June (born in June)
  • Jade (stone of the side)
  • Margaret (pearl, cluster of blossoms)

Famous people with the Name Addison:

  • Addison Riecke (actress on television)
  • Addison Moffett (professional dancer)
  • Addison Russell (professional baseball player)
  • Addison Richards (actor in movies)
  • Addison van Buer (metal singer)

The Name Addison in movies/pop culture:

  • Addison Singer (main character in Unfabulous)
  • Addison Montgomery (character in “Grey's Anatomy”)
  • Addison (character in Saw 2)
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